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The State of Mobile Internet Connectivity in South Asia: the coverage gap is narrowing but the usage gap remains the largest in the world

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In this blog, we present highlights of the State of Mobile Internet Connectivity in South Asia. Mobile internet connectivity has continued to grow in many countries across South Asia during 2020. Despite, or perhaps partly driven by, the COVID-19 pandemic, 34% of the ...

The State of Mobile Internet Connectivity: the coverage gap continues to narrow but the usage gap remains wide

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More than half the world’s population are now using mobile internet. That’s just over 4 billion people connected, and with 94 per cent of the world’s population covered by a mobile broadband network, lack of coverage is no longer the main challenge to digital inclusion. The ...

Announcing the GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion Grantees

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For most of the world’s population, mobile is the primary way to access the internet. Although access to mobile internet is driving digital inclusion, there is still a ‘usage gap’ with over 3.4 billion people living in areas covered by mobile broadband networks but who are ...

GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion: Highlights from the Top 100 Pitches

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Despite the increases in mobile broadband coverage worldwide, a large gap remains in usage. 3.4 billion people live in areas covered by a mobile broadband network but are still missing out on the potentially life-enhancing benefits of using the internet on a mobile.[1] ...

How NuRAN and the GSMA are working together to bridge the rural network divide in Ghana

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The Connected Society Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity, which is funded by UK aid from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), was set up to expand digital inclusion in rural areas through innovative technology solutions. In this blog series, we will ...

Up to 50,000 people from rural communities gain access to mobile coverage through newly deployed network sites in Ghana and Uganda

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The Connected Society Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity, which is funded by UK aid from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), was set up to expand digital inclusion in rural areas through innovative new technology solutions. We are delighted that the ...

The importance of digital literacy to access sexual and reproductive health content via mobile internet

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We know that mobile internet content can bring invaluable benefits to millions of women worldwide. But developing relevant e-health services for women is not only about making information and services available through an app, a website, SMS or USSD channels; it’s also ...

KaiOS, enabling accessible and affordable internet for all with the GSMA’s MISTT module

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KaiOS is a mobile operating system for so-called smart feature phones. With this new category of phones, we at KaiOS aim to help close the digital divide by overcoming one of the main barriers to internet access: the affordability of devices and data. But solving the ...

Mobile connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa: 4G and 3G connections overtake 2G for the first time

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to stay connected has never been more important. With protection measures introduced across the world, the internet has taken more space in our lives – helping us to stay active professionally, access information and to ...

Mobile connectivity in South Asia: Huge improvements in mobile broadband coverage bring 640 million online in last five years

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Accelerated deployments of 4G networks in South Asia[1] meant that the region was the biggest contributor last year to further increasing the number of people in the global population that live within the footprint of a mobile broadband network. However, as the latest ...

Why are digital skills important for financial inclusion, and how can the mobile money module in the GSMA’s MISTT help?

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This is the fourth blog in a 6-part series to mark the re-launch of the GSMA Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT). You can read Part 1 here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here. This series will deep dive into each of the new MISTT modules (Online ...

Improving mobile internet access through digital literacy

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This is the third blog in a 6-part series to mark the re-launch of the GSMA Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT). You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This series will deep dive into each of the new MISTT modules (Online Safety, Mobile Money, ...

How to use mobile accessibility features: A guide for using mobile with a visual or hearing impairment

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This is the second blog in a 6-part series to mark the re-launch of the GSMA Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT). You can read Part 1 here. This series will deep dive into each of the new MISTT modules (Online Safety, Mobile Money, Android, Accessibility Features ...

Introducing five new modules in the GSMA Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit: Driving digital inclusion for all

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This week, the GSMA re-launched the Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT) with five brand new modules: Mobile Money, Online Safety, Android, KaiOS and Accessibility Features. In this MISTT blog series, we’ll deep dive into each new module in turn, highlighting the ...

Adapting services for digital inclusion during COVID-19: Grameenphone’s Sign-Line

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to ensure that everyone is digitally included. However, mobile internet and digital content are out of reach for many.

Online safety and security is more important than ever during COVID-19

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Why does online safety and security in mobile internet usage matter during Covid-19? With the lockdown continuing in countries across the world, the reliance on mobile internet services for work, education, entertainment and social activities has increased manifold. ...

Squeezed between low(er) incomes and a growing need to be online

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The measures implemented to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19 are being somewhat relaxed by different countries over the past weeks, but continue to affect societies across the globe. The recently published quarterly results of mobile operators are beginning to paint a ...

Working together during COVID-19 to enable empowerment through digital skills initiatives

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The wide scale social and economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are providing stronger incentives for people, business and governments to more actively pursue digital solutions. As people face lockdown and social distancing measures, the internet is a vital tool for ...

Escaping the virus in a digital desert: Why digital inclusion is key to help us address COVID-19

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Many of us still face unprecedented restrictions to everyday life, following measures to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19. With half of the world’s population now under lockdown, people have turned to the internet to maintain a sense of community, access education or ...

Announcing the Launch of the GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion

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Mobile networks have become the primary way of accessing the internet in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), driving economic growth, enabling access to life-enhancing services, and creating multiple opportunities for people and businesses to thrive. In fact, at a time ...